Xanax also called Alprazolam is a drug belongs to the class of benzodiazepines that act on brain and nerves to produce calming effect. It works by enhancing the effect of a neurotransmitter, GABA in t
Xanax is used to treat panic disorder, anxiety disorder including social anxiety disorder (SAD) and
generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and for management of other anxiety symptoms caused by
depression. Xanax is also used to alleviate nausea after chemotherapy.
Dosage and administration
Take Xanax orally as directed by your doctor. Dosage is primarily based on your age, medical condition
and response to the treatment.
Dose may be increased until the drug starts proper working. Never take more than prescribed for you.
Don’t increase or decrease your dose without doctor advice.
Make sure to follow your doctor advice to reduce chance of side effects.
Keep the medication at secure place where others cannot get it.
Avoid using Xanax if you are allergic to Alprazolam or to other benzodiazepines such as chlordiazepoxide,
clorazepate, diazepam, lorazepam, or oxazepam.
Pregnant women should avoid Xanax as it can cross placenta and affect the fetus, thus increasing the risk
of congenital abnormalities. Taking Xanax during the last trimester of pregnancy can result in infant
withdrawal symptoms. It can be harmful for nursing baby as well as Xanax can be secreted into breast
Discuss with your doctor about your medical history and must tell if you have asthma or other respiratory
problems, glaucoma, kidney or liver disease, depression, alcoholism or drug addiction.
Doctors should be careful with the patients having history of drug dependence when prescribing Xanax.
Xanax can be habit forming so it should only be used by the person for whom it is prescribed.
The sedative effects of Xanax last longer in elderly patients. Use caution to avoid any accidental injury.
Don’t give this medicine to anyone under 18 years old.
The drug may make you drowsy or dizzy so don’t drive, use machinery or do any activity that require
Avoid alcoholic beverages.
Stop taking Xanax and call your doctor for emergency help if you feel sores in mouth or throat, sign of
allergic reactions; difficult breathing, hives, swelling of face, lips, tongue or throat, upset stomach,
weakness, sleeping problems, increased sweating, blurred vision, memory problems, lack of coordination
and slurred speech. The more severe side effects include depressed mood, suicidal thoughts, unusual risk
taking behavior, chest pain, confusion, hyperactivity, hostility, no fear of danger, difficult or painful
urination, pounding heartbeats, hallucinations, agitation, tremor, seizures, jaundice, weight loss and loss
of interest in sex.